The Joke’s On You: Stand-Up Comedian To Face BC Human Rights Tribunal

That sound you hear is comics calling their agents to cancel flights.

Pat yourself on the back yet again for keeping the human rights commissions in business by paying their salaries. Where would they be without you?

The BCHRT is really leading the charge in questioning what people are allowed to say in New Canada. First a magazine, now a stand-up comic. Shakespeare and Twain can’t be far behind.

[Vancouver Sun] A Canadian stand-up comedian will face a human rights tribunal hearing after a woman complained she and her friends faced a “tirade of homophobic and sexist comments” while attending one of his shows.

In a decision released this week, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled there is enough evidence to hear the case of Vancouver woman Lorna Pardy against Toronto comedian Guy Earle. Zesty’s Restaurant in Vancouver, where the May 22, 2007, show took place, was also named in the complaint. The restaurant has since closed.

The rest.

You can read the actual decision here, signed by the chair of the BCHRT herself. The short of it:

[24] I also cannot find that the complaint would not further the purposes of the Code, which are set out in s. 3.  They include fostering a society in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the social and cultural life of British Columbia and promoting a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights.

Look out comedians: no more jokes to anyone, about anything, ever.

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5 responses to “The Joke’s On You: Stand-Up Comedian To Face BC Human Rights Tribunal

  1. Amazing. Simply amazing. And I thought we over your southern border were out of control.

    I’d been following the Mark Steyn case, and stumbled across your page. Excellent coverage, favorited now until these kangaroo courts disappear from this earth.

    Keep up the good work.

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  3. There is something called hate propaganda in Canada and it is illegal.

    From the Criminal Code of Canada:

    319. (1) Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of
    (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
    (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    Wilful promotion of hatred
    (2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of
    (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
    (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    The law clearly shows you can’t just say publicly whatever you want, not in newspapers, not in broadcasting, not on the Internet, and not in a comedy club either. Apparently some people including Guy Earle don’t understand the law.

    DWE: Exactly our point. Human rights commissions are a second legal system, to be exploited by those who don’t wish to use the criminal code because of its tiresome rules of evidence, right to face the accuser, etc. Thank you for backing us up. By the way, you sound like a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with.

  4. If anyone on this blog would like to challenge my arguments, I challenge you to do it in a public fourm with me. You up for it DWE? Seriously. Call me at 1-204-632-****. I’ll set it up. I bet you don’t have the balls.

    • downwitheverybody

      DWE: We’ve redacted your number for you. We don’t give a shit about the point in that post. We didn’t write it. Now fuck off.

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